Defense can only take the Broncos so far, as proven by last year’s 9-7 season and failure to reach the playoffs coming off a Super Bowl win. The Broncos must settle on a quarterback — give Trevor Siemian the edge heading into his training camp battle with Paxton Lynch — and get better play out of their running game and offensive line.
A new head coach (Vance Joseph) and defensive coordinator (Joe Woods) also must quickly grow into their positions after never having held either role previously.
The clock is now officially ticking on Alex Smith after the Chiefs used a first-round draft pick on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Even so, it looks like the same-old in Kansas City for 2017, with a suspect offense that might struggle to complement a sound defense.
In addition to snatching victory from Seattle, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick just did the whole dramatic comeback thing against Atlanta. The Patriots also have lost a pair of heartbreakers to the Giants, and they’ve won each of their other three titles by a field goal.
The one thing missing from New England’s winning Super Bowl resume is a blowout — domination from start to finish to match what they’ve done every year during both the regular season and playoffs.
We predict Super Bowl LII playing out as such: Brady will throw early touchdown passes to Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Then Mike Gillislee will get to pounding and scoring in the second half. Then, as Malcolm Butler keeps shutting down one side of the field, Stephon Gilmore will provide Cheap Jerseys Outlets the capping pick six on a forced Russell Wilson pass to somebody not named Doug Baldwin.
(Oh yeah, and Cooks, Gillislee and Gilmore weren’t even Patriots in 2016.)
So please, try to plot out ways the Patriots won’t win Super Bowl LII, by the Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale probable final score of 41-21. Good luck with that.
Sorry, Goodell. You kind of asked for this once, and you’ll get it again.